Saturday, April 20, 2024

Michael Horgan Sets New US Men’s National AIDA Record


The USA’s Michael Horgan set a new men’s national record recently at the AIDA Panglao Pool Championship in the Philippines.

On Sunday April 30th, the last day of the event, Horgan set a USA Dynamic No Fins (DNF) record with a swim of 163m/534ft.

This was Horgan’s first USA National Record. He started competing in 2022. The new record surpasses the previous Men’s USA record of 159m/522ft set November 5, 2022 by Evan Walther at the AIDA NoxyCup Hungarian Open Indoor Freediving Championship held in Budapest, Hungary.

Horgan said of the record:

“I started seriously training for pool apnea in the fall of 2022, primarily as a way to work on my form for depth diving. But in the process, I have come to appreciate pool apnea as an end in itself, in all its masochistic glory. And in my experience, it’s even better than depth diving for training the mind to remain calm under acute physical and mental stress.”

(Featured Image credit: Aldar @ AIDA Panglao Pool Championship via Facebook)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.